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slowworm

[sloh-wurm]
noun
  1. blindworm(def 2).
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Origin of slowworm

before 900; slow + worm; replacing Middle English slowerm, slowurme, Old English slāwerm, slāwyrm, equivalent to slā- (compare dialectal Swedish slo, Norwegian slō slowworm) + wyrm worm
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Historical Examples

  • They are wrong; and they must be told that they are wrong, and scolded if they kill a slowworm.

    Madam How and Lady Why

    Charles Kingsley

  • But the blindworm, or slowworm, as this creature is called, is perfectly harmless.

  • A silvery creature like a slowworm came crawling out from among them, slowly crossed the clay floor, and crept into the fire.

    Lilith

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for slowworm

slowworm

noun
  1. a Eurasian legless lizard, Anguis fragilis, with a brownish-grey snakelike body: family AnguidaeAlso called: blindworm
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